Jurnee Smollett-Bell & John Legend React to Underground Cancellation

By: Kesha Monk

May 31, 2017
Jurnee Smollett-Bell at the WGN America "Underground" season 2 premiere at the Westwood Village Theater / John Legend presents during the 74th Golden Globe Awards

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Underground fans are super upset after learning that television network WGN America has cancelled the show. The series tells the story of slaves escaping a plantation to cross 600 miles to freedom.

Jurnee Smollett-Bell, who starred and slayed her role as Rosalee, took to social media yesterday to thank Underground supporter and fans of the show for “running” with them for two seasons. She also mentioned that the network has been acquired by a company whose goal appears to turn the network into "the next Fox News.”

Check out her post on Instagram below:

Listen, we love you all. We hear you...we have the best fans in the world. Y'all been running with us for 2 seasons and are the reason we even got this far. Unfortunately, it's true, WGN America cancelled #underground today. They were bought by Sinclair. Google them. They are going in a different direction and want to become the next Fox News. Arg. I wish I was telling you different news but just know we love you all and are grateful to everyone that has been running with us. Playing Rosalee has been the privilege of a lifetime. If you want a season 3, feel free to let the world know...✊--✌---- #riseup #TheBlackRose

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Smollett-Bell's suggestion about WGN's new parent company was echoed by singer John Legend, who serves as an executive producer of the show. Legend has taken to social media to let fans know that he's hoping another network will pick up the powerful period piece.